Centennial Park

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park was established in 1996 as a gift to the village of Kenilworth from the family of Fred D. Sauter and the Kenilworth Garden Club in celebration of the village’s centennial. Prior to that the land was owned by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. As part of the gift, it was determined that the previously unnamed park should be preserved as an open space for the next 100 years.

In 2014, the Council of Garden Clubs undertook a project to restore the park to the Prairie Style. This included the installation of shaped beds, trees, shrubs and perennials, and large limestone slabs.

Magnolia Garden, maintained by the Kenilworth Garden Club, contains a peaceful seating area for rest and reflection at the northeast corner of Centennial Park. The Kenilworth Garden Club, the oldest of Kenilworth’s four garden clubs, was established by garden enthusiast Anne Higginson Spicer in 1915. According to the original rules of the club:

“Any member not brave enough to wheel a barrow of manure down Kenilworth Avenue, if need be, was not worthy of membership.”